By Jordan Johnson
On Saturday, the Maryland Terps football team will travel to Happy Valley and face Penn State. This is considered Maryland football’s new rivalry in football since they joined the Big Ten in 2014. In their first meeting back in 2014, there was a fight before the game and the Terps refused to shake hands, The Terps eventually went on to win 20-19 on a game winning field goal from Lou Groza Award winner Bradd Craddock.
Last year, the game moved to M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, where Penn State pulled off a 31-30 win in a thriller. As for the game on Saturday, the Terps are 4-0 coming off of their first conference win this season in a 50-7 rout against Purdue. Running back Ty Johnson was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 200 yards on 7 carries.
Maryland Running Back Ty Johnson in last week’s win over Purdue. Photo Courtsey of testudotimes.com
Penn State is struggling at 3-2 and Head Coach James Franklin is rumored to be on the hot seat. They are headlined by Kicker Joey Julis who, despite being a kicker, has laid some really big hits on special teams. They also have Sophomore QB Trace McSorley, who is known to be a dual threat who can both throw and run the ball well.
Penn Stae Kicker Joey Julis lays a hit on a Michigan retuener. Photo courtesy of sbnation.com
This is game is going to have big implications on the race for the Big Ten East as well as recruiting as Maryland recruits players from the PA area and Penn State recruits players from the DMV. You can watch this game Saturday at noon on the Big Ten Network.